Wednesday, December 27, 2006

weeding out

See this? Tomorrow is garbage pick-up and this bag of too-ugly-to-deal with fabrics is going out! Trust me, you do not want this stuff. Even I don't want it - and I am a pack rat. I have another bin full of hand dyed/printed scraps to finish up with, but I see the light at the end. It is a long tunnel. In going through my scraps, I made several discoveries. 1. I don't have a lot of brights. 2. I don't have many darks. 3. I apparently like muddy colors. 4. I have tons of yellows,oranges and greens. 5. I don't really like yellows, oranges, and greens. 6. My palette needs more contrast. 7. All that standing and sorting makes my feet hurt. 8. I need to make more postcards. 9. I really hate pink fabric. As I was going through the big pile of wrinkled scraps and ironing them, I put them into plastic bags pretty much by color. I came across lots of fabrics I had forgotten I had, and for some, I understand why. Others, I was happy to re-discover. Today's fabrics on the wall are more cheerful than yesterday's - thanks in part to Ms. Closet, who gently suggested that I should try to put some fabrics with more contrast and brightness up on the wall. So, I did. One of the fabrics I had forgotten I had was a piece I had radomly discharged about 6-1/2 or 7 years ago. Sometimes I wonder about this piece; I have decided it was my subconscious telling me something.

    Another fabric I found was one I had totally forgotten -- and in fact, I only recognize that it is typically mine, but have no memory of having printed it. I think this piece of yarn perks it right up.

    Tomorrow, I need to finish up a bit of sorting, get back to work, and then go get a haircut at a new, hip place I haven't tried before. I am probably too old for green and purple hair, but we'll see.

    5 comments:

    Karen Stiehl Osborn said...

    But did you look at the backside of the fabrics that you are tossing???? Frequently that is how I resurrect fabrics that I think are too far gone.

    Rayna said...

    You bet I did, Karen. Just as bad.
    It is simply TIME. Don't worry, I kept plenty, sigh...

    Gerrie said...

    Rayna, I would love to go through your trash. But I understand the "it's time" mantra!

    linda said...

    Do you store everything in baggies? Bins?
    I am realizing that having everything out on shelves may be stopping me in my tracks ... all that color.

    Today I uncovered the stash of Old Things: doll dresses, mesh gloves, babyclothes, lace. wow.

    Anonymous said...

    It's interesting to go through one's stash and realize our color/style biases that end up limiting our fabric selections. After going through my stash, I think I should make up a list of what I need and what I *don't* need any more of, so that I don't buy any more of what I already have in abudnance.